The Spectator

Election Barometer

Plus, which parties got the best – and worse – deal out of the electoral system

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Turnout was up, with a widespread belief that young people voted en masse. But actually, turnout was the 5th lowest of any general election since 1945

Highest turnouts

1950

83.9%

1951

82.9%

February 1974

78.8 %

1959

78.7 %

1992

77.7 %

Lowest turnouts

2001

59.4 %

2005

61.4 %

2010

65.1 %

2015

66.1 %

2017

68.7 %

In spite of failing to secure a majority, Theresa May won a higher share of the vote than any party since 1997 – and the biggest Conservative share since Mrs Thatcher’s landslide victory in 1983.

Con vote share

2017

42.4%

2015

36.9%

2005

32.4%

2001

31.7%

1997

30.7%

1992

41.9%

1987

42.2%

1983

42.4%

Labour vote share

2017

40.0%

2015

30.4%

2005

35.2%

2001

40.7%

1997

43.2%

1992

34.4%

1987

30.8%

1983

27.6%

Which parties got the best deal – and which got the worse – out of the electoral system?

Votes received for every seat won

SNP

27,930

Conservative

42,927

Labour

49,266

Liberal Democrat

197,254

Green

524,604

Ukip notched up 593,852 votes, but won no seats

What about the popular vote of the parties that didn’t make it into the TV debates?

Yorkshire Party

20,958

National Health Action

16,119

Christian Peoples Alliance

5,869

British National Party

4,642

Women’s Equality Party

3,580

Monster Raving Loony Party

3,890

Pirate Party

2,321

English Democrats

1,913

Workers Revolutionary Party

771

Social Democratic Party

469